One Christmas present already sorted out, the biography of Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson has been released for sale today.
Looks like most of our Boxing Day will be spent reading this excellent authorised biography of Steve. Without his leadership and brilliant vision of the future, this website wouldn't be here and that's for sure. You can buy it now, Amazon has it half price at $16.99 for the hard cover and the same for the Kindle version.
Who knows if there are any references to Final Cut Pro in the text, we doubt it but we'd love to know from anybody who has already read it. If the extracts that have been published are anything to go by, it is going to be an an amazing insight into Steve's mind, vision and how he managed to turn a company that was 90 days away from being bankrupt into the largest capitalised today. We remember the Gil Amelio beige box days.
"Based on more than forty interviews with Jobs conducted over two years—as well as interviews with more than a hundred family members, friends, adversaries, competitors, and colleagues—Walter Isaacson has written a riveting story of the roller-coaster life and searingly intense personality of a creative entrepreneur whose passion for perfection and ferocious drive revolutionized six industries: personal computers, animated movies, music, phones, tablet computing, and digital publishing.
At a time when America is seeking ways to sustain its innovative edge, and when societies around the world are trying to build digital-age economies, Jobs stands as the ultimate icon of inventiveness and applied imagination. He knew that the best way to create value in the twenty-first century was to connect creativity with technology. He built a company where leaps of the imagination were combined with remarkable feats of engineering.
Although Jobs cooperated with this book, he asked for no control over what was written nor even the right to read it before it was published. He put nothing off-limits. He encouraged the people he knew to speak honestly. And Jobs speaks candidly, sometimes brutally so, about the people he worked with and competed against. His friends, foes, and colleagues provide an unvarnished view of the passions, perfectionism, obsessions, artistry, devilry, and compulsion for control that shaped his approach to business and the innovative products that resulted.
Driven by demons, Jobs could drive those around him to fury and despair. But his personality and products were interrelated, just as Apple’s hardware and software tended to be, as if part of an integrated system. His tale is instructive and cautionary, filled with lessons about innovation, character, leadership, and values."
Apple have also posted the special event celebrating Steve's life online.